Stainless steel piping is a versatile pipe that can be used in many areas and applications like water distribution, oil and gas processing, exhaust pipes, chemical piping, and railing. It is made of a steel allow combined with a small percentage of chromium which give it low-maintenance and rust resistant properties. Contractors often overlook stainless steel when they select their material because of its price, but its 4 main benefits that help the environment and last for decades.
1. Long Lasting
In the long run, stainless steel is a cost-efficient material when you consider that is lasts for decades. It is easy to maintain and reliable. Depending on the grade, stainless steel can last from 20-100 years, reducing the replacement costs in long lasting structures.
Stainless steel can hold its properties at extreme temperatures. Because of its composition, it can hold its strength in both extreme heat and extreme cold, making it adaptable to all regions of the earth. Other materials can be added to the steel to either further strengthen the pipes or make the pipes light and this and more corrosion resistant.
3. Corrosion Resistant
Both iron and concrete will degrade from exposure to soil and UV light. Stainless steel is corrosion resistant and is ideal for sanitary water devices or use in schools and hospitals.
4. 100% Recyclable
Stainless steel does not need petroleum products to protect it from corroding. It does not need any lining in the pipes to keep it sanitary. Because of that, the pipes are 100% recyclable. In fact, around 50% of stainless-steel pipes in the United States come from recycled scrap metal.
Though going with PVC and copper pipes might save you money in the short term, consider stainless steel for its long-lasting eco-friendly benefits.